It was beautiful spring weather that greeted the 36 players from the Sonoma Men’s Golf Association as they travelled to nearby Silverado Country Club last Sunday for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day Tournament.
On Silverado’s South Course, Steve Sangiacomo came away as the champ in the net flight with a fine round of 71, highlighted by a long birdie putt on the 10th that hit the back of the hole, hopped in the air and then dove down to the bottom of the cup. Ron Sharek and Conny Gustafsson both shot 74, with Sharek taking home second place in a scorecard playoff and Gustafsson settled for third, followed by Mike Lucas’ 75 taking fourth, while Steve Lanning was fifth.
In the gross division, Richard Davison survived a triple bogey seven on the eighth hole to fire a 78 for first place, while Dan Campbell made a return after ankle surgery to post an 83 and finish second, and past president Nick Blonder grabbed the final podium spot with his round of 84.
In closest-to-the-pin action, Tony Enz had no trouble with the tricky third hole, hitting his approach to just 2 feet, 11 inches, while the seventh hole proved to be a tough green to hit, with Kay Groft taking home the prize for his shot to 46-3.
The water-guarded 15th was no match for Martin Bajuk, who fired his tee-shot to just 2-4, and Woody Von Lackum came through at the 11th hour in the final group to take home the 17th hole with a shot to 16-1.
For the first time in a long time, the club held a long drive challenge; two divisions were used, those under 55 and those over 55.
Sangiacomo used his strength to take it home on the 11th hole with a 280-yard blast, while Groft showed that he could do more than hit the ball close to the hole, hammering his tee-shot to 265 yards.
The SMGA returns to action April 6, at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in American Canyon.
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In the first flight, Magnus Carlsson came away with the winners share, firing a 72, with Ron Sharek grabbing second with a 74, while Ron Hodges claimed third with a 75.
Both Bud Schuerman and Gregg Warren fired a 67 each in the second flight, and after a scorecard playoff, Schuerman was given the nod for first place, while Warren settled for second, and Wayne Coronel’s 71 was good enough for third.
The third flight was led by John Fanucchi with a first-place 69, while Tom Reynolds’ 70 earned him second, and Ron Macaluso was third with a 71.
In the closest-to-the-pin competitions, playing from the white tees, Bob Nolan took home the sixth hole with a shot to 24 feet, 6 inches – no one managed to find the green on No. 8.
Sean Wickersham’s shot to 16-11 was the best on the 12th hole, while Gary Routt took dead aim with a shot to 3-10 on No. 15.